From Harford County government:
Plans are underway for the Maryland Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) to be held this summer at Bowie State University. Approximately 30 high school students with disabilities from across the state of Maryland, who are entering one of their final two years of high school in September 2011, will be selected to attend the forum through a competitive process.
Delegates will spend four days at Bowie State meeting with Maryland leaders with and without disabilities, participating in a legislative activity, building skills for the future, and making new friends. There is no charge to the selected student delegates.
According to Commission on Disabilities Student Representative Ben Mayforth, who attended the 2009 Youth Leadership Forum, “The Youth Leadership Forum was an opportunity to learn how to advocate for yourself in all areas of life. It showed us the endless possibilities and opportunities for people with disabilities. YLF gave me the chance to talk and spend time with other students my age from across the state to compare challenges that each one of us is facing. This is truly a worthwhile event.”
Applications to attend the Youth Leadership Forum are available online at http://www.md-ylf.org/apply.php. For more information and an application packet, contact Disabilities Coordinator, Sharon Grzanka at 410-638-3373 voice/TTY or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Harford County Commission on Disabilities was established in 1995 to serve as the voice of the disability community in Harford County. Members are appointed by the County Executive, with the approval of the County Council. The Commission meets monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m. at the historic “Bel Air Colored High School”, 205 Hays Street, Bel Air.
The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via Executive Order and works daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and those struggling to overcome addiction. The Department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to ensure our county continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.